Page 3 of I've had a stock portfolio for years. It's performed OK. Went down a decent amount in 2008 like many. Last year I decided to cut back on the number of individual stocks that I owned and concentrate on a few strong companies. One was Apple which I loaded up on. Long story short I'm up 32% in 12 months. So for those of you hesitant to invest you're missing a great chance to dramatically grow your portfolio.... 418 comments | 12342 Views | Go to page 1 →

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    ^ I think Monitoring them is the most fun thing about it. I will check back in with you in 3 weeks with my 10% gain. I got it at 2.58.
    I averaged down to 2.53 when it dropped earlier this week.

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    My mother always said buy blue chip stock and forget about it. She was never one of the buy/sell, watch the stock market type. Well in some cases I think I took her too literal. I forgot about it and can't remember what I have half the tiime. The other problem is they get sold off to other companies and then I'm really thrown for a loop.

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    Apple still getting it done. I'm up 85% with them. Up 58% with Ford. Up 193% with Dolby. Up 486% with NetFlix. Up 86% with Charles Schwab. Up 53% with Amazon.

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    Question for all you guru's.

    I am a teacher here in Ky., but I want to start investing, what do I need to do? Anyone here actually do it for a job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBDV View Post
    Question for all you guru's.

    I am a teacher here in Ky., but I want to start investing, what do I need to do? Anyone here actually do it for a job?
    I will be in a few short months haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    ^ I think Monitoring them is the most fun thing about it. I will check back in with you in 3 weeks with my 10% gain. I got it at 2.58.
    Glad someone found this, it's sitting around 2.90 now. Took longer than I wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    Glad someone found this, it's sitting around 2.90 now. Took longer than I wanted.
    I am the anti-monitoring investor. Last night was the first night I checked since I started this thread in October.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBDV View Post
    Question for all you guru's.

    I am a teacher here in Ky., but I want to start investing, what do I need to do? Anyone here actually do it for a job?
    So many different variables with a question like this. What is you goal? Long term planning for retirement? First thing I would suggest is get in a 401K with your employer if they do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    I am the anti-monitoring investor. Last night was the first night I checked since I started this thread in October.
    I'm like that with my 401k but it would drive me crazy with other stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    I'm like that with my 401k but it would drive me crazy with other stuff.
    Buy good companies. Let 'em be good. Don't worry about them.

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    I currently invest in over 50 different stocks. Anywhere from Industrials, Financial Services, Energy, Technology, Utilities, Mutual Funds, and Consumer Staples. I look at my portfolio as whole and not invest in one certain aera to make or lose a quick buck. Over the past 10 or so years, I am very please at where I am at. Couple are way down, some are way up, and some are at the same. Overall I have been showing a nice % increase and planning on retirement soon.

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    I have a 401K from a previous job that I was laid off from. It does not have a lot of value to it, but I am thinking about going to a financial planner/advisor in the near future. Any particular people or firms that anyone would recommend in the Northern Kentucky area or fairly close to it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    I currently invest in over 50 different stocks. Anywhere from Industrials, Financial Services, Energy, Technology, Utilities, Mutual Funds, and Consumer Staples. I look at my portfolio as whole and not invest in one certain aera to make or lose a quick buck. Over the past 10 or so years, I am very please at where I am at. Couple are way down, some are way up, and some are at the same. Overall I have been showing a nice % increase and planning on retirement soon.
    If retirement is in the near future then there is no need to keep yourself in the stock market. If you have gained enough to retire then you should no longer expose yourself to all that unnecessary risk. Switch to safer securites like high grade bonds or government securities. I don't know your situation at all but just some basic advice.

    I know the miniscule returns on bonds these days keep people geared more for stocks but when the risk is not needed lower yields aren't that bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stpatbaseball View Post
    If retirement is in the near future then there is no need to keep yourself in the stock market. If you have gained enough to retire then you should no longer expose yourself to all that unnecessary risk. Switch to safer securites like high grade bonds or government securities. I don't know your situation at all but just some basic advice.

    I know the miniscule returns on bonds these days keep people geared more for stocks but when the risk is not needed lower yields aren't that bad.
    I currently am not where I would like to begin retirement. I'm only 46 and my last kid is out of college in 3 years. After that I might start looking at retirement. I'm also invested in real estate as I own rental properties. Even with the rotten year of 2008, I still have shown a pretty good average yearly increase on my investments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    I currently am not where I would like to begin retirement. I'm only 46 and my last kid is out of college in 3 years. After that I might start looking at retirement. I'm also invested in real estate as I own rental properties. Even with the rotten year of 2008, I still have shown a pretty good average yearly increase on my investments.
    Yes the stock market has been great recently. Unfortunately I am just a mere college student. Hoping to land a decent job in the next few months though. There are so many opportunites that I see out there that would be amazing investments.

    When you said you were near retirement I thought you mean a year or so away haha. Taking into consideration the new information, I would definitely not tell you to take your money out of the stock market. Maybe get out of some riskier positions if you are in any. But you could be a fairly risk adverse person anyway.

    I graduate from NKU with a degree in finance in May, as you can tell I am eager to start working haha. I am very excited to start my Finance career. My job right now I do not get to do any of that. I get to see investments but I am not on the decision making side.

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    Seems just like yesterday that I was in college, time flys by. stpatbaseball good luck to you in the future.

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    I was looking at my 401k the other day running statements with different date ranges. I ran it from Jan 2009 - Dec 2010 and it made 57%. I couldn't believe. Sad thing is it is worth just a few $1000 more then it was before all of the mess started in 2008.

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    ^ Think about all the people who moved their money into something else after that. Most of them didn't recoup much of their losses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    ^ Think about all the people who moved their money into something else after that. Most of them didn't recoup much of their losses.
    So true Hammer. The way I have always looked at it was, you did not lose anything until you sold. I hung on and kept everything, If anything I have invested more money after the 2008 fall, and today I have made all what was down plus some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    So true Hammer. The way I have always looked at it was, you did not lose anything until you sold. I hung on and kept everything, If anything I have invested more money after the 2008 fall, and today I have made all what was down plus some.
    I'm moved all my money in my 401K to one bank stock that took a monster hit during that time and more than tripled what I had on the rebound. Granted mine is young and has a lot less risk than others. I'm only 24. That's not a bad thought process.